Program Overview, May 5 - 7, 2017 

• Basic bird watching techniques

• Time to watch and listen on Birdwalks at local birding hot spots

• Good food and fellowship

Chris Eberly, professional ornithologist, and Doug Ruby, Biology professor at UM Eastern Shore, will be our guides as we explore the vast number of feathered friends passing through and living at Shepherd’s Spring.

The program is designed for beginner to intermediate birders. It's a great family opportunity that includes basic bird watching techniques, bird games, migration information, great posters, planting and feeding suggestions for your backyard and time to listen to the sounds of the birds in the area with experienced birders as your guide!

General Information

Minimum of 12 Participants Needed!  

Full retreat package includes two nights' accommodations in the Lodge, Friday evening dinner, three meals on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday - $160 per person double occupancy. Reduced price is available for those who do not wish to stay overnight.  Pricing options are available on the registration page. 

Friday night registration is at 5 pm, followed by dinner and evening presentation.

Weekend includes birding visits to Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal, and the Williamsport Cushwa Basin and possibly the National Conservation Training Center for bird banding.  Trails are mostly wooded and uneven surfaces.

Click here for brochure and paper registration form. 

Lifetime Birding List

The abundance and variety of birds at Shepherd Spring provides a challenge of identifying both familiar and new birds. We will aim to help everyone learn more about the birds they see and hear as we explore the camp and nearby areas.

Possible sightings include:

  • Acadian Flycatcher

  • Baltimore Orioles

  • Blue Jays

  • Cliff Swallow

  • Cedar Waxwing

  • Eastern Phoebe

  • Eastern Towhee's

  • Raptors

  • Warblers

  • Warbling Vireo

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo

  • and more

 Contact us to discuss this and other programs specifically designed for adults.


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